This Week's Challenge: Proper control of diabetes goes beyond prescribed pills and injections to encouraging individuals with diabetes to self-manage their condition, paying critical and ongoing attention to weight, diet, glucose levels, blood pressure and other clinical metrics. We wanted to see which methods healthcare organizations use to identify participants for diabetes management programs.
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What We Learned: Responses to Healthcare Intelligence Network's "10 Questions On Diabetes Management Programs" survey provided qualitative data on strategies and tactics for management of this disease, program components and challenges, and outcomes, metrics and ROI. According to survey respondents, the top five methods used to identify patients for diabetes management are:
- Claims data: 42.6 percent
- Chart review: 14.9 percent
- Other: 14.9 percent
- Self-report: 10.6 percent
- EHR: 8.5 percent
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Excerpted from 2012 Healthcare Benchmarks: Diabetes Management, which provides actionable data from 83 organizations on current diabetes management programs and their impact on population health outcomes and healthcare spend.